Hebrew U. Provides Free Legal Assistance to Israelis Affected by the War in Gaza

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[img_assist|nid=632|title=Clinical Legal Assistance to Israeli's Jan09|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=233]Hebrew U. Provides Free Legal Assistance to Israelis Affected by the War in Gaza

Jerusalem, January 8, 2009 – In light of the war in Gaza, the Clinical Legal Education Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has set up an emergency hotline providing free legal advice and assistance to Israeli residents in the Gaza periphery.

Since the onset of the security situation in the South, many Israeli residents have been suffering economically due to the need to stay at home with their children and inability to travel to work. This has resulted in a growing need for advice regarding their legal status at work.

The Clinical Legal Education Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been operating a center for legal assistance in Sderot since April 2008. Hebrew University law students man the center voluntarily, guided by a qualified lawyer, advising on and in some cases escorting clients in cases where legal representation is required. Students handle a diverse range of cases characteristic of the population and security situation in the area. Cases include inquiries relating to claims against property tax, national security, public housing, mortgages and labor rights.

In order to comply with instructions from the army and not to endanger the lives of the student volunteers or residents, the legal clinic set up the telephone hotline providing legal assistance on all matters relating to the situation. Since the establishment of the hotline, the clinic has received dozens of calls from worried residents, primarily in areas relating to their rights at work, redundancy and salaries.

In order to reach as many residents as possible, the clinic has advertised details of the hotline in the news media and on the internet.

"Due to the large number of requests for service, we didn't want to leave the Sderot clinic unmanned," explains the director of the Clinical Legal Education Center at the Hebrew University, Adv. Sharon Sionov. "The war has only heightened the problems that are usually routine. People are currently dealing with the emergency at hand. However, in our experience, when the fighting ends, many problems will arise due to people not being able to work during this time, and these problems will only accumulate."

Hotline number: 02-588 2554

For further information on the hotline and legal clinic, contact:

Rebecca Zeffert, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University, tel: 02-588-1641, cell: 054-882-0661

or Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson, tel: 02-5882910, cell: 054-882-0016.  

Internet site: http://media.huji.ac.il

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